Late January + February always seem to be the dreariest months in Iowa, so we're cozying up and making the best of it. I tend to be a home body anyway - no complaints here! The kids do tend to get stir crazy, though, so this little sensory kit comes in extra handy on the longer days.
I went to the Mexican food section of Wal-Mart and bought a bigger bag of the brownest looking beans. I wish they were a smudge darker yet, but life goes on I suppose! Add a few white pom-poms for marshmallows, half of our Melissa + Doug tea set, a few toy cookies, and you've got yourself a sensory, kit people.
I've seen other mamas use brown rice instead, and have also seen additions of chocolate tea bags and/or chocolate extract to make it actually smell like chocolate too. While this would be delightful, it's best for us when things do not smell edible. My little ones are still a little tempted to put things in their mouths.
If you've never done a sensory kit before, this is a great one to start with. You can't mess this one up, folks!
Have so much fun. Cheers!